Maizee Fry will have to wait for the next game for her shot at 1,000.
Fry didn’t reach the scoring milestone Thursday night, but United still won a low-scoring affair at West Shamokin, 35-29, in Heritage Conference girls’ basketball action Thursday night.
A 5-foot-11 junior, Fry entered the interdivisional showdown needing 15 points to reach 1,000. She came up four shy, but the Lions still did enough to remain unbeaten in nine conference games and improved to 14-2 overall.
“I knew it would be a battle,” West Shamokin coach Frank Nagy said after his team fell to 9-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play. “Both teams just battled the whole time. I’m really happy with our effort. United plays a hard, physical game, and my girls did a nice job.”
“I give him credit,” United coach Paul Hall said of his counterpart. “He had a good game plan to take away Fry. I don’t think he wanted her score her 1,000th point there. They’re really, really young and a good team. Their defense is really tough. They’re in your face.”
United turned the game in its favor in the third quarter. Trailing 17-14 at halftime, the Lions outscored West Shamokin 14-4 in the third quarter. Lauren Donelson and Madison Dulpin fueled the rally. Donelson hit two of her 3-pointers and Duplin made one of her two in the period.
“The third quarter was the big difference,” Nagy said. “We were up three and they outscored us 14-4 and did a really nice job. They really started capitalizing on any little opportunities they had … and that’s what great teams do. They take advantage and capitalize, and that was really the difference.”
Donelson joined Fry with 11 points. Duplin finished with nine.
“I had a freshman come off the bench, Donelson,” Hall said, “and talk about clutch. It was like she’s played her whole career, but she’s only a freshman.”
Lexie Young led West Shamokin with 14 points and five rebounds. Sophie Fusaro and Abby Oesterling combined with 13 rebounds, Shelby Cessna dished out six assists, and Lydia McIlwain had three steals.
“We did get some decent looks and weren’t able to convert,” Nagy said, “and they made us pauy for every mistake we made, and that’s why they’re undefeated in the conference.”
West Shamokin visits Northern Cambria on Monday. Penns Manor plays host to Derry this evening.
HOMER-CENTER 59, MARION CENTER 53: Homer-Center senior Kennidy Page delivered back-to-back crucial 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats took advantage of Marion Center’s late foul trouble to escape a scare from the visiting Stingers in a Heritage Conference game.
The two teams traded shot for shot throughout the first three-plus quarters as Homer-Center led 39-38 at the break and 46-44 entering the fourth.
Marion Center appeared to break through in the final period, rallying for a two-point lead with about 4 minutes to go. But after the Wildcats again reclaimed the advantage on four foul shots, Page all but sealed the victory with 3s on consecutive possessions to give Homer-Center an eight-point advantage.
The Wildcats outscored the Stingers 13-9 in the final period.
Homer-Center, which finished 19-for-26 at the foul line, scored all but Page’s two field goals from the free throw line on 7-for-9 shooting in the fourth quarter.
“They played very hard,” Blairsville coach Tom Lasher said of Marion Center. “They had a two-point lead midway through fourth quarter. Page came down and made two 3s on consecutives possessions. We made some shots and late in the quarter they had to start fouling us to try to get the ball back, and we did very well at the foul line.”
Macy Sardone led Homer-Center with 16 points. Page finished with 15 points, Marlee Kochman added 14 points and Molly Kosmack had 10.
For Marion Center, Jocilyn Thompson led the way with 15 points. Jerzey Coble tacked on 14 points, Alexa Ackerman scored 10 points and Laney Monroe had eight.
Both teams play Monday. Homer-Center (10-4) plays host to United, and Marion Center travels to Purchase Line.
PENNS MANOR 73, SALTSBURG 46: Kassidy Smith fired in a game-high 22 points for Penns Manor, Megan Dumm scored 10 of her 20 points in the third quarter and the Comets wore down host Saltsburg in a Heritage Conference game in which the Trojans played without their head coach and one of their top scorers.
Penns Manor (15-1, 9-1) outscored Saltsburg 19-11 in each of the first two quarters to build a 38-22 lead, and the Comets pulled away in an 18-10 third period.
Already without junior point guard Abbie Dickie for the second straight game due to injury, Saltsburg (6-7, 2-5) also took its second straight loss without coach Tiara Stossel due to a flu.
The Trojans expect both to return in their next time out when they play host to Ligonier Valley on Tuesday.
Saltsburg battled with the Comets as Smith and Lauren Dumm drew four fouls apiece, but the Trojans never took advantage, shooting just 6-for-17 at the foul line as they wore down.
“Penns Manor is loaded with talent and has the benefit of a deep bench,” Saltsburg assistant coach Geoff Dixon said. “We drew two of their starters into some foul trouble, but didn’t take advantage of it at the line, and eventually they just wore us down. They don’t miss too often inside, and eventually we got in too big of a hole to dig our way out. I give our kids a lot of credit. They played without Dickie for two games and never gave up, so hopefully next week we can get back to work and get back in the win column.”
Smith, who fired in seven field goals and shot 8-for-9 at the foul line, added 11 rebounds to post a double-double for the Comets. Lauren Dumm had 10 steals and six assists, Megan Dumm had five assists and five steals, and Lauren Bagley added eight points and four assists.
“It was just a great team effort led by Kass and Megan,” Penns Manor coach Jason Miloser said, “and they both scored inside and outside. It was nice to see the girls find ways to make the extra pass and get them involved. Even with them in the 20s, we still had balanced scoring and other girls making big contributions.”
For Saltsburg, Makenzie Simpson led the way with 15 points. Eden Plowman knocked down a trio of 3-pointer while scoring 13 points, and Courtney Battistelli and Karly Cindric had eight points apiece.
Penns Manor welcomes Derry for a non-conference game today.
BLAIRSVILLE 66, PURCHASE LINE 34: Payton Potter led four Blairsville players in double figures with 16 points, and the Bobcats used a dominant first-half effort to cruise past host Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference matchup.
Blairsville took a 20-7 advantage in the first quarter and outscored the Red Dragons 13-4 in the second to take a 22-point, 33-11 lead at the break.
Isabel Pynos added 13 points for the Bobcats. Caitlin Walbeck scored 11 points, Abby Pynos had 10 points and Lexi Risinger chipped in eight.
For Purchase Line, 10 players contributed to the score sheet. Addaleia Beer and Bailey Weaver scored six apiece.
Blairsville (4-6, 3-4) travels to Johnstown for a non-conference game Tuesday.
Purchase Line (8-7, 4-5) plays host to Marion Center on Monday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 50, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 24: Haley Boyd fired in 28 points on the strength of five 3-pointers and notched a double-double with 10 steals, and Ligonier Valley outscored visiting Northern Cambria in every quarter of a Heritage Conference game.
Ligonier Valley held a 25-11 lead at halftime.
Kaelyn Adams also had a double-double for the Rams with 11 rebounds and 10 steals. Lizzy Crissman tallied 10 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Maddie Griffith grabbed 10 boards.
For Northern Cambria, Grace Krumenacker scored 12 points and Emma Kollar added seven.
Ligonier Valley visits Saltsburg on Tuesday. Northern Cambria welcomes West Shamokin on Monday.
NORTH CATHOLIC 72, INDIANA 50: Indiana got a measuring stick of its season to this point in a loss to North Catholic in a WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 game.
Indiana (10-6, 4-4), a 69-37 loser to North Catholic (11-1, 7-0) to open section play on Dec. 12, gave the Trojans a better game this time around, even without leading scorer Hope Cook in the lineup. The sophomore guard sat out the game after suffering an ankle injury in the Indians’ previous game.
Eve Fiala led Indiana with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shot. Laken Dills and Alexis Bonatch combined for 17 points.
Kylee Lewandowski scored 19 points to lead four North Catholic players in double figures.
Indiana plays at Knoch on Monday.
KNOCH 72, INDIANA 57: Once beaten Knoch created some separation in the second quarter and held Indiana at bay in the second half of a WPIAL non-section game.
Knoch trailed 18-17 after the first quarter but took a 36-27 lead into halftime after outscring Indiana 19-9 in the second quarter. The Knights outscored Indiana 36-30 in the second half.
Alec Petroff scored 19 points to lead Indiana. Gavin Homer and Zuhayr Affan chipped in nine apiece with three 3-point field goals each. Petroff also made three.
Chase Walker finished with 14 points for Indiana.
Jake Schiedt, a 6-foot-4 senior, led Knoch with 28 points.
Knoch is 12-1 overall and 5-0 in Class 4A Section 1. Indiana, 3-11 overall, is 0-7 in Class 5A Section 3.
Indiana plays host to Mars this evening.
MARION CENTER 40, DuBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 34: Marion Center beat its visitor from the north for the second time this season in a non-conference game.
The Stingers held DuBois Central Catholic (2-11) to 19 points through three quarters and had enough of a cushion once the visitors scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Marion Center won the first matchup, 71-60, in the season opener.
Conner Fairman led Marion Center with 14 points. Seth Carneal chipped in nine.
Marion Center plays at West Shamokin this evening.